Fall 2018

AEP, 100+ Women Strong welcome new students


The 2018-19 Academic Excellence Program Kickoff was held Sunday, Aug. 26 , and the event was a huge success! The event, held in the Shelby Center, featured keynote speaker Shawn Malone, who earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1996 and his master’s in the same discipline in 1998. He is also a former Auburn football standout. Malone, who is currently vice president of his organization at Radiology of Huntsville, encouraged students to be their best in whatever it may be. He also gave a short history of AEP and discussed his interaction with Dennis Weatherby, who started the program in 1996. Students then split into four breakout sessions: Ambassador Training, Advice from Upperclassmen, Advice from Alumni and Graduate School Information from Auburn faculty. For photos of the event, click here

In addition, the 100+ Women Strong program also held its New Student Welcome event, which offered new engineering students the chance to network with other incoming students of like majors, as well as 100+ Women Strong members and faculty members in attendance. Guests learned about the organization's activities, including its successful mentoring program and a résumé book, sponsored by 100+ Women Strong for director-level sponsors that allows engineering students to upload their résumés to be considered for co-op placements, internships and employment. The event's keynote speaker was alumna Paula Marino, executive vice president of Southern Company's Engineering and Construction Services. Marino leads approximately 1,700 employees across multiple areas of the company and oversees a $2 billion project budget annually while managing $7 billion in active capital projects.  A founding member of 100+ Women Strong, Marino earned her bachelor's degree in 1992 and her master's degree in 1995 in electrical engineering from Auburn. She began her career at Southern Company in 1993 and progressed through roles in distribution, transmission, fossil-hydro generation and nuclear generation before assuming her current position. For photos of the event, click here.

Meet Sam Brown, '12 Civil Engineering

Sam Brown

Name – Sam Brown

Company / Title – Russo Corporation/Project Manager

Where are you from? Where do you currently live? Originally from Trussville, Alabama, but Birmingham is where our main office is located and where I spend the majority of my time.

Interesting fact about yourself? I love to cook, which has allowed me the opportunity to be a part of the ‘Russo Cook Team.’ We cook in competitions alongside our colleagues in the industry to support local charities.

Cool fact about your industry or current job? Our industry (heavy civil construction) is highly specialized and presents many variables and risks. I have always found it interesting that the vast majority of our finished product is rarely ever seen upon completion.

Why is what your doing important to people throughout the country? Heavy civil construction is this nation’s backbone. Everyday people are counting on us to provide them with roads/bridges for transportation, with utilities for their cities, and with foundations for their places of work and their homes, just to name a few.  It is a great motivator knowing that I have a daily impact on the lives of my fellow Americans.

How you plan to get involved as a young alumni? I plan to stay involved through the mock interviews and the social functions put on by the council.  I think these are great ways to provide support to current students, and reconnect with former classmates.

Mentors needed 


The Alumni Mentorship Pilot Program provides young alumni with the opportunity to serve as mentors for current junior and senior engineering students who are preparing to start making the transition from college to career. This pilot program has been built by students, for students, and is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor. If you are interested in participating in the program, please sign up by Nov. 9. by emailing The program is slated to begin early spring 2019


Mock Interview Day a success!

Mock Interview Day

This year’s Mock Interview Day was a rousing success. We had 83 students check in with Handshake and 10 students walk up, and we had 16 non-YAC members and 16 YAC members who participated. Last year, we had 92 students participate, and 11 non-YAC members and 17 YAC members serve as interviewers. The event was held off the engineering campus in Mary Martin Hall this year, but was held in the Shelby Center last year.

To market this year’s event, we worked with the Office of Engineering Communications and Marketing to produce a series of light-hearted videos to promote the event on social media. The videos were hugely successful, reaching more than 33,000 people, viewed more than 12,000 times with nearly 1,000 engagements through likes, shares and comments on all three social platforms — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

View Video 1, "Don't Be A Slacker."

View Video 2, "Don't Be Overconfident."

View Video 3, "Don't Be Socially Awkward."

View Video 4, "Mock Interview Day 2018."

Young Alumni Council holds fall meeting

young alumni 2017

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is committed to engaging its young Auburn engineers with the activities of the college. To demonstrate the value of its young alumni, the college's Young Alumni Council serves to engage, support and conect engineering young alumni. We would like to invite all engineering young alumni to stay engaged . . . whether you participate in Auburn Engineering’s great online education program to further your education, serve as mentors or develop projects for our senior design classes, attend alumni events and help promote the college in your social networks and companies, or choose to give back financially to Auburn. We hope you value your Auburn education and that you will choose to stay engaged in Auburn Engineering.      

Tiger Giving Day update

Tiger Giving Day

The 2018 Tiger Giving Day project was a huge success, with the college raising $29,136 through 281 donors. This represented 121 percent of our goal and the most donors of any academic unit at the university. This year’s project was to raise $24,000 to send students to our residential engineering summer camps. Our Senior Tigers Camp is open to rising seniors at a cost of $650 per student, the Junior Tigers Camp is for rising 10th- and 11th-graders at a cost of $550 per student and the Women in Engineering Camp is for rising ninth-11th-grade female students at a cost of $400 per student. Registration fees for each camp cover lodging, meals, snacks, supplies, a T-shirt and goodie bag. Your gifts allowed students to attend each of these weeklong residential camps. In addition to allowing the college to recruit and reward students, these camps also increase the likelihood a student will choose Auburn Engineering as his or her collegiate home. In 2017, 18 of the 20 students who attended the Senior Tigers Camp applied to the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, with 16 depositing early for fall 2018. This could not have happened without your support. Thank you!

We are still in the process of deciding our project(s) for 2019, so stay tuned for that announcement.

More than $67 million in construction

Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center

Auburn University is advancing the engineering campus and its learning environments through more than $67 million in new construction and renovations. This includes construction of the Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center, a major renovation to the Gavin Engineering Research Laboratory and the creation of the Davidson Pavilion in Broun Hall. The college officially dedicated the Davidson Pavilion in February, the Gavin Laboratory in September and will open the doors to the Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center in June 2019. These facilities upgrades come on the heels of more than $173 million in construction over the past 20 years. Check out our videos, photos and live streams of our projects.

Broun Hall Renovation

Davidson Pavilion Dedication

Gavin Laboratory Renovation

Gavin Laboratory Dedication (Photos)

Gavin Laboratory Dedication (Video)

Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center

Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center (Live stream)


Final two tailgates of the season


The college will host two more football tailgates this season, with one this weekend as the Tigers play host to Tennessee. The tailgate begins at 8 a.m. in the Shelby Center Kingsley Courtyard and kickoff is at 11 a.m. The final tailgate of the season will be Nov. 3 as Auburn hosts Texas A&M. The tailgate will begin three hours before kickoff. Kickoff time for that game has not been announced. To RSVP for the tailgates, email